Memorial Day at the National World War I Museum and Memorial

As the commemoration of the Centennial of World I (2014-19) continues, the National World War I Museum and Memorial serves as a fitting place to honor and recognize the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during Memorial Weekend.

All weekend (Friday-Monday, May 26-29) admission is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, and admission for the general public is half-price. Additionally, the Museum invites the public to “find your World War I connection” and discover how the Great War affected your family through records, photographs and more with a variety of programs throughout the weekend.

The Museum will be offering several events throughout the weekend for people of all ages, including a free public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Memorial day featuring renowned photographer Michael St Maur Sheil, whose exhibitions of contemporary photographs of World War I battlefields have been seen by millions of people across the world and are currently on exhibition at the Museum.

Memorial Day Weekend events include: work stations with access to Ancestry.com, Fold 3, the Museum’s online collections database and more, an engaging program with Dr. Mitch Yockelson from the National Archives on researching relatives involved in WWI, a display of vintage military vehicles from World War II through Afghanistan, a free concert from the 35th Infantry Division Band at 2 p.m. on Saturday and much more.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday. A complete list of activities can be found at theworldwar.org/memorialday.

–Jane Gieger

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